Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 9-15
Articles about preventing arc flash incidents, energy monitoring trends, remote energy monitoring improving plant performance, real-time data, and correcting induction motor power factor were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 9-15. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
1. SPECIAL REPORT: New solutions put us on the way to preventing arc flash incidents
Recent changes to the National Electric Code are getting us closer to the ultimate goal of preventing damage from arc flash.
2. Plant Engineering 2014 Energy Management Study: Five energy monitoring trends
According to the data in this report, 33% of manufacturing facilities have energy reduction goals of at least 10% for the upcoming year, and another 40% are aiming to cut energy consumption by 5% to 10%.
3. Remote energy monitoring improves plant performance, reduces downtime
A single dashboard can display power quality information to head off problems.
4. "Real-time" information: It's all relative
Data is captured at the industrial automation and machine level, the manufacturing operations management level and the enterprise level. But is any of it really in real time?
5. Correcting induction motor power factor
Low power factor can drain generation capacity, waste energy, and increase maintenance costs with excessive heating of equipment.
The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, June 9-15, for articles published within the last two months.
- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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